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In Love and War (1996)

Reporter Ernest Hemingway is an ambulance driver in Italy during World War I. While bravely risking his life in the line of duty, he is injured and ends up in the hospital, where he falls ... See full summary »

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Carlo Croccolo ...
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Mindy Lee Raskin ...
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Ruth Harper
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Reporter Ernest Hemingway is an ambulance driver in Italy during World War I. While bravely risking his life in the line of duty, he is injured and ends up in the hospital, where he falls in love with his nurse, Agnes von Kurowsky. Written by JG <jmgrant@SoCA.com>

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In war they found each other...In each other they found love...


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Rated PG-13 for graphic war injuries and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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24 January 1997 (USA)  »

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Ahava B'Milhama  »

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Opening Weekend:

$5,494,725 (USA) (24 January 1997)

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$14,466,354 (USA) (7 March 1997)
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2.35 : 1
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The film takes place from July 1918 to June 1919. See more »

Goofs

Ernie says his train leaves at 5:30 a.m., but when Agnes sees him off, it is bright daylight and the sun is nearly vertical. See more »

Quotes

Agnes von Kurowsky: You know what I've been told? Italian men respect their wives. They spoil their mistresses. But the only women they love are their mothers.
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Beer Barrel Polka
Music by Jaromir Vejvoda, Czech lyrics by Vasek Zeman and English Lyrics by Lew Brown, Wladimir A. Timm
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A very absorbing story of the young Ernest Hemmingway in Italy during WW-I, I rate it 8 of 10.
24 September 2000 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

There's something screwy in the Imdb ratings for this movie. Almost 25% of the votes are "10", yet its rating is "5.8"!! No way. This is a genuine 7 or 8 or 9 or 10 film, depending on your personal likes and dislikes. I give it "8".

"In Love and War" is based on the real experience of 18-yr-old Ernest Hemmingway who could not get into the regular Army because of a problem in one eye. However, he made it to Italy as a journalist, and actually was wounded near the front lines. He fell in love with his nurse and they vowed to marry after the war.

Hemmingway is played by Chris O'Donnel, which is my only 'beef' with the casting. Although he does a fine job, we all know that Hemmingway was a more gruff person and it never seemed realistic. Sandra Bullock plays the nurse and I liked her very much in this role.

Anyway, when he gets sent back to the USA, she stays in Italy. She thinks she is in love with an Italian doctor and breaks off her pledge to Hemmingway. He doesn't take it well, he smashes up things, goes into a drinking depression and is never the same. Even after the nurse returns to say she is sorry and still loves him. His pride kept him from forgiveness, and presumably was responsible for his suicide in his early 60s.

Overall a fine film about young men and women and their roles in the war, and its aftermath. The photography is beautiful and the dialog unifirmly well-structured.


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